The colors of late summer in the Palouse make this a photographer’s palette. Photographers follow the Palouse Scenic Byway and venture off on side roads to capture the beauty of this agricultural area.
The colors of the Palouse landscape changes as the Palouse makes its way from summer to fall. These bands of color are created by the alternating rows of crops during the growing season. These bands coupled with the quaint farms, abandoned buildings and automobiles makes the Palouse area are a draw for photographers from all over the world. This palette of colors gives a photographer endless opportunities to blend light and landscapes. The result is stunning photography of the landscapes and scenes of the Palouse area. The waterfall at Palouse Falls State Park is stunningly beautiful as the water falls 200 feet to the canyon floor below. This transition from the loess-filled canyon to the canyon floor can be seen at the park, located on the western edge of the Palouse area.
The Palouse is considered one of the seven wonders of Washington State. It covers a 4,000 square mile region of rolling hills, once a deep canyon. This geology is unique to the area and a creation of a wave of volcanic activity. As a result, this activity filled up a deep canyon between Pullman and Moscow.
The Palouse soils formed millions of years ago after the canyon was filled. Wind blowing from massive dust storms from the southwest filled in the canyon with a deep cover of loess. Loess is a loosely compacted deposit of windblown sediments. A special characteristic of the Palouse soil is its does not need irrigation. This is due to its remarkable water retention capabilities of the loess deposits.
Due to its unique rolling hills and fertile soils, the Palouse is a major producer of wheat, barley, lentils and chickpeas.